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Infection Control - presented by Professor Laurie Walsh

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Adelaide Oval - Premiership Suite

War Memorial Drive

North Adelaide, SA 5006


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Contemporary Infection Control will provide an update to dental clinicians and their supporting staff on recent developments in infection control in dentistry. This one day course provides an overview of key areas in infection control in which there have been significant changes in recent years. The impact of the national guidelines from the ADA Inc, NH&MRC, CDNA, Standards Australia and the ACSQHC on infection control requirements will be a particular theme running through the program. The course is suitable for all members of the dental team. It will be of particular benefit to those who have not undertaken a recent Infection Control course and who wish to update their knowledge of infection control issues.

Course topics

• Transmission of infection.

• Risk-based precautions.

• Recent developments in hand-care practices.

• Performance assessment of personal protective equipment.

• Biofilm reduction strategies and microbial assessment of dental unit water.

• Simplified management of endodontic instruments.

• Efficiency-based measures to improve workflow in instrument reprocessing and patient changeover.

• Features and correct operation of pre-vacuum autoclaves.

• Batch identification of instrumentals (instrument tracking).

• Analysis of failures in infection control – lessons from recent incidents of practice.

• Requirement for autoclave record keeping.

• Protocols for the use of chemical and biological indicators.

Learning objectives

• The logic of risk-based precautions.

• Best practice in hand-care practices.

• Optimal use of personal protective equipment.

• Dealing with dental unit waterline biofilms.

• More effective and efficient in instrument reprocessing and patient changeover.

• Correct use of batch control identification.

• Office record keeping for sterilisation.

• Optimal protocols for chemical and biological indicators.

Learning outcomes

• Appreciation of the how different strategies can be used to reduce risks from airborne pathogens derived from dental unit waterlines or the patient’s oral fluids.

• Knowledge of better protocols for hand hygiene and wearing PPE.

• Understanding of quality assurance processes for instrument reprocessing and sterilisation.

About the Presenter

Laurence Walsh has been Professor of Dental Science at the University of Queensland since 1999, where he leads the research group in advanced technologies and materials. He has undertaken clinical and laboratory trials for a wide range of bleaching systems and technologies, and has published extensively on this topic in the national and international literature. Laurence has over 25 years clinical experience with conventional and laser-based systems for treating more difficult cases including tetracycline staining. He has presented numerous lectures and hand-on courses in tooth bleaching systems and technologies for the past decade across the Asia-Pacific region and in North America.

Lunch, morning and afternoon teas included. Please advise dietary requirements when you register.

Registrations will be acknowledged and receipts issued through Eventbrite. Course registrants will be contacted by email with a reminder one week prior to the course.

Cancellation of registration is required at least 14 days prior to commencement of the course and is subject to a $50.00 cancellation charge. Cancellations within 14 days will be subject to further charges.

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